Camping & Hiking

Campsites are available on 19 of the 21 islands that make up the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. There is also one campsite available on the mainland unit of the park. Permits are required for all camping, and fees do apply, so be sure to contact the park headquarters before setting out to any of the available sites.

Want something more remote, backcountry camping options within camping zones are available on 16 of the islands. Camping outside of individual or group campsites is available on all islands except Devils, Eagle, Gull, Long, and York. Primitive camping zones have been established on the rest of the islands for visitors seeking a remote backcountry experience with no facilities. Camping zone maps are available at the headquarters visitor center in Bayfield.

Hikers can explore more than fifty miles of maintained trails on the islands of the National Lakeshore. These trails provide access to lighthouses, abandoned quarries, old farm sites, historic logging camps, beaches, campsites, and scenic overlooks.

In addition to the trails, there are numerous sandy beaches that are great for walking. Some of the favorites are Little Sand Bay and Meyers Beach on the mainland, Julian Bay on Stockton Island, Long Island beaches, Raspberry Island sandspit, East Bay on Sand Island , South Twin sandspit and Rocky Island sandspit.

Hiking and camping shuttles are available through the Apostle Islands Cruise Line. Private sailboat or powerboat charters are also available.